Designed to be the Everest of fantasy football tournaments, with the best of the best of fantasy managers, where the competition is the fiercest and the rules are the most challenging, the Associated Fantasy Pro Bowl Tournament kicked off in the 2016 season, taking the Associated Fantasy team managers’ selections of the best AF teams of 2015 and pitting them against each other in a star-studded tournament. After their sucessful 2015 campaigns, 15 teams from AF Leagues were selected as Pro Bowl Nominees, and the 6 teams that received the most votes, were named Pro Bowl Starters and extended invitations to the Tournament, with the remaining teams serving as Alternates. After a brutal competition in a format full of special rules and strategic options to navigate, the Coach Roger Tripp‘s Birds of Prey, representing the Super 16 emrged victorious as the Association’s first ever Pro Bowl Champion. After a hiatus in the 2016/17 season, the AF Pro Bowl Tournament will be back in 2018, with nominees and team voting taking place in the 2017 season to determine which Association teams are invited. Look for the ballots to be out after Week 10 of the 2017 fantasy season.
AF Pro Bowl participants are required to register as AF Registered Coaches, they can do so at the Coach’s Registry, the process takes about 5 minutes and there is no fee
To give you a better idea of the excitement involved with the AF Pro Bowl Tournament, here’s the introduction letter the participating 2016 teams received:
Introduction Letter To 2016 Participating Teams
At the end of the 2015 fantasy season, the 90 total teams playing in all Associated Fantasy Leagues were given the opportunity to vote for the teams of the 2015 season that they thought were the best across all AF leagues. The top six vote earners would be invited to participate in the inaugural AF Pro Bowl of 2016. Your team was chosen as one of those six.
The rules and format of the Pro Bowl Tournament have been designed to create the most difficult and challenging fantasy skills test ever, and the competition will be the most elite in the Association. You can get full details on the tournament at the AF Pro Bowl Tournament Page and view the full rules at the AF Pro Bowl Tournament Rules Page. The deadline for accepting the Pro Bowl invitation is July 31, and you can do so by return email.
The tournament is a $50 entry and the payout is $200 for first and $100 for second (through LeagueSafe.com). Paying of entry fees are not required at the time of accepting the Pro Bowl invitation. AF Pro Bowl participants are also required to register as AF Registered Coaches, they can do so at the Coach’s Registry, the process takes about 5 minutes and there is no fee
Here’s some more information on the tournament. To start, there are three drafts. The first is an email draft to select your choice of players from the 2015 roster of your Pro Bowl nominated team, the second is an auction to finish out your starting lineup, and the third is a serpentine style draft to fill your bench. That bench is going to be important, teams are only allowed 10 add-drop transactions for the length of the regular season.
Teams’ weekly lineup-setting skills will be key to tournament success. Not only will teams have to make every transaction count since they are limited to ten for the season, but they also receive a series of bonus points each week based on having the best performing player lined up in their flex positions.
Scoring isn’t limited to teams’ fantasy rosters either. A part of the tournament is a concurrent Pick-’em contest, where teams can increase their fantasy score by successfully predicting the NFL contests every week. Perform well enough on the fantasy field, in lineup planning, and on the Pick-’em board, and if your team is the high score of the week, it’ll receive bonus points to hold onto and use in a future match when you may need them the most.
If all of that isn’t yet enough to navigate, teams also have the option of declaring a designated BYE week they’ll have to develop a strategy to use. All through 15 weeks of play in a triple round robin schedule in route to a two week cumulative Championship for the prize money and the glory.
If you’ve received this introductory letter, the other teams in the association have voted that they think you’re up for this challenge….are you?